About 4 million people have signed up for a private health plan through the government-run health insurance marketplaces since they opened Oct. 1, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
"With individuals and families enrolling in coverage every day, we continue to see strong demand nationwide from consumers who want access to quality, affordable coverage," Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, wrote in a blog. "Our outreach efforts are in full force with community partners and local officials participating in hundreds of events each week and enrollment assistors are helping more and more people enroll in coverage."
Tavenner says system error rates are low on HealthCare.gov, the marketplace website run by the federal government, and response times are less than a second. The federal government's call center has handled more than 12 million calls and remains open 24/7 to help consumers in English, Spanish and more than 150 other languages. Consumers can find local help by logging onto localhelp.healthcare.gov.
Federal officials will release a full report on February enrollment in mid-March.